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Kent Girl Scout’s Project Leads the Way for Community Fitness


Kent Teen's Girl Scout Project Impacts Local Community

KENT REPORTER | Becka Gately's love of fitness inspired her to organize and promote a health and fitness night at Kent's Panther Lake Elementary School.

The 17-year-old was recognized for her efforts with the Girl Scout Gold Award, the organization's highest achievement, at the Gold Award Gala at the Tacoma Art Museum last month.

The Gold Award, open only to Girl Scouts in high school who have received their Bronze and Silver awards, challenges candidates to improve their communities.

Gately, who starts her senior year at Kentwood High School in the fall, has been involved in Girl Scouts since she was in kindergarten and completed her Bronze and Silver projects with her friends who were in her troop.

"I like to make an impact and like to lead, so I decided to pursue it," Gately said of her decision to take on the Gold Award project.

At the time Gately began researching her project, her mom, Kelley Gately, worked at Panther Lake Elementary, and connected Gately with Coleen Schlichte, physical eduction teacher at Panther Lake. Schlichte had been interested in organizing a fitness night for the school, and Gately decided to help lead the project.

Gately said she knew she wanted her Gold Award project to involve helping kids and as a soccer player, she was interested in promoting fitness and healthy living, so organizing Panther Lake's fitness night was a perfect fit … Read the full story!